“An educated person today is someone who knows the right question to ask.”
Recently, I’ve been repeating this Ernest Boyer quote to myself. It encapsulates so much in so few words. Many Socrative posts have focused on how teachers can foster discussions and help facilitate problem based thinking, inquiry and the surfacing of main ideas. Consequently, through modeling and drawing student attention to your questions, they are aware of how and why you are asking particular questions.
It’s time to pass the baton to the students and develop their abilities to ask the high quality questions.
Let’s call on our friend Benjamin Bloom for support.
Bloom’s revised taxonomy is a great asset for making explicit your motivations behind classroom activities, assignments and discussion starters. Furthermore, it helps build a common language and structure within your classroom. As history has shown, this well-known, widely applied scheme filled a void and provided educators with one of the first systematic classifications of the processes of thinking and learning. The cumulative hierarchical framework consisting of six categories each requiring achievement of the prior skill or ability before the next, more complex one, remains easy to understand.
Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy
|Remembering||Retrieving, recognizing, reproducing and recalling relevant knowledge from long-term memory|
|Understanding||Constructing meaning from oral, written, and graphic messages through interpreting, exemplifying, classifying, summarizing, inferring, comparing, and explaining|
|Applying||Carrying out or using a procedure through executing or implementing|
|Analyzing||Breaking material into constituent parts, determining how the parts relate to one another and to an overall structure or purpose through differentiating, organizing, and attributing|
|Evaluating||Marking judgments based on criteria and standards through checking and critiquing|
|Creating||Putting elements together to form a coherent or functional whole; reorganizing elements into a new pattern or structure through generating, planning, or producing|